EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Attorneys for the Evansville Police Department are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court's ruling regarding a lawsuit over a SWAT raid.
In August, a federal appeals court said Evansville Police can't be shielded from liability because they made "too many mistakes."
A lawsuit was filed against the department after the EPD SWAT team tossed flash grenades into Louise Milan's home on Powell Avenue in June 2012. Officers were responding to a threat against police, but later found out the threat came from the cell phone of a man using an IP address inside Milan's home.
Attorneys for EPD filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court on Thursday. It means that the department wants the high court to take a look at the appeals court ruling. Specifically, as summarized on page 3 of the Petition:
The Plaintiff's response to the Petition is due on December 2.
If the Petition is granted, a hearing will take place before the Supreme Court. If denied, the District Court will hold a trial on the Plaintiff's claim of excessive force and the Officers' defense of qualified immunity.